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Virtue is Strength

If you had to define virtue in one word it would be “strength.” In English we use the same root word when we say virility. Virility means a special kind of power. So does virtue.

The Stoic School teaches that strength is a good thing. This is basic to human nature and Nature in general. Nature rewards the strongest in a species with survival and progeny. Nature is a place of struggle. The earth is a place where all animals must exert constant activity to live and must exercise great strength to get ahead. Those who lose their energy fall behind and perish. 

Human society also rewards athletes of great strength or speed. You don’t find yourself wishing you were weaker, do you? 

But, the Stoic School teaches about a strength more powerful than muscles.

First, think about an army. History shows that the most athletic soldiers do not always win. A smaller army with better strategy and equipment often defeats a larger force. Why? Second, a runner or boxer who has beaten a certain opponent previously might lose to him during the Olympics because the opponent trained harder and kept a stricter diet. Third, a weaker army can rout a greater one when the stronger flees the battle field.  Fourth, The ancient play The Suppliants by Euripides illustrates a special kind of power. In the play, the women have no physical power to retrieve the bodies of their dead loved ones who were killed in a battle, because the victors wanted them to rot in the open and be eaten by animals, so what mysterious strength empowered the mothers, wives, and daughters to win?

Our cultural grandparents called the first kind of strength “Wisdom,” the second “Temperance,” the third “Courage,” and the fourth “Justice.”

1) Wisdom is “being smart,” “thinking things through,” “making good decisions.” 

2) Temperance is self-control, self-discipline, and the ability to choose the difficult path that is good rather than the easy paths that are bad.

3) Courage means fortitude, bravery in the face of danger and pain, and risking personal safety, wealth, and reputation in the interest of something more noble.

4) Justice is doing the right thing, recognizing a higher morality than even human laws, and successfully harmonizing with Nature rather than only reading and talking about it.

The Stoic School teaches that the purpose of human life is Virtue. 

Even in human society, Nature requires constant energy to live, to be healthy, to be wise, to control yourself, to be brave, and to be fair to all.

An evidence that Nature intends mankind to be virtuous is that Nature gave humanity the potential for all these strengths. We know of no other creatures with the potential to develop the four Cardinal Virtues as we mean them here. Nature has attributes that can only be understood by those who practice wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. We live in Nature more and more only as we grow in Virtue more and more. 

Another indication that Virtue is our purpose in life is that virtues bind us in stronger friendship with our fellow citizens, our friends, and our family. We are political animals. Nature provides no other species with a social structure anything like human society. There are no other species with commerce, technology, musical instruments, clothing, conversations, etc. anything like human society. But, along with our need to socialize in our uniquely human way, we see that virtue is what binds us together in the bonds of good faith necessary to produce thriving human societies. Individuals who practice Virtue are bound with their friends in stronger bonds of friendship and are praiseworthy among their countrymen. Those who practice vice suffer in their public and private relationships.

We call Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice the Cardinal Virtues. They remind us of the cardinal directions North, South, East, and West. With only four directions you can get from wherever you are to wherever you need to be in two-dimensional space.  In life, you need a different dimension of directions – virtues.

With the Cardinal Virtues, you can get from any circumstance you are in to where you need to be. The four virtues form a coordinate system that surely navigates you through your entire life, with “magnetic north” being the Good. Whatever crisis or reversal befalls you, the way to maintain happiness and to get where you need to be is always a combination of these four virtues.

The mother of all the virtues is Gratitude. All virtues are a combination of Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice, and those Cardinal Virtues come from Gratitude. Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice are the natural response to gratitude for what Nature has done for us, what our friends have done for us, and what our country has done for us.

Western Resurgence

- by Cato the Elder

This year will hear Western nations in open debate about whether to keep Marxist ideas from 150 years ago, or to take advantage of 21st century insights with confidence.

On January 2017, Western leaders met in Koblenz, Germany to outline a freer future for Europe. Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front party cited the recent American elections and the British vote to leave the European Union. Ms. Le Pen said, “The Anglo-Saxons are Awake! The Continent Is Next!”

Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party excited attendees of the Koblenz meeting by praising Brexit and calling 2017 “the year when the people of continental Europe wake up.” "Yesterday, a new America. Today - hello Koblenz - a new Europe!" Mr. Wilders said as he opened his speech in Koblenz. "The people of the West are awakening. They are throwing off the yoke of political correctness," he said. "This year will be the year of the people ... the year of liberation, the year of the patriotic spring."

Netherlands

March 15

The Netherlands elected all 15 members of their House of Representatives. The election was another indication of the resurgence of Western civilization.

To see what is going on in the modern West in its historical context, this is what you need to remember: Western civilization is a rough and tumble culture. One of its driving forces is the common brotherhood of man. This premise leads to the conclusion that the only way for humanity as a whole to harmonize with one another is for each group of people to celebrate their own individual culture.

Stoicism champions Western civilization’s recognition of “specialization of labor.” The West considers Nature to be the ultimate and infallible teacher of mankind. With that in mind, it is obvious that Nature made humans with organs and limbs that are specialized. Nature is capable of generating non-specialized life like amoebas and bacteria, however the forces of Nature made man with specialized cells that become eyes, kidneys, bones, and other things. From this reality, we get the idea that different cultures are a natural thing and a good thing.

Eastern philosophy, on the other hand, advocates a mixture of all cultures together called globalization.

Keeping in mind the West’s celebration of distinct, pecialized cultures, the Dutch elections on March 15, 2017 were a clear statement of support for Western ideals.

American congressman Steve King mentioned the success of the Dutch elections. As Breitbart reported, Mr. King said, “[Dutch politician] Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Even pro-culture French politician Marine Le Pen stated about the Dutch elections, “For Wilders this is extremely positive, which is the proof of the reach of our joint ideas in the different European countries.” There is a Pan-Western resurgence growing in Europe and America.

The Dutch gave pro-Western Geert Wilders increased influence in the Dutch government, making Wilders’ Party for Freedom” (sometimes abbreviated PVV due to its Dutch name) the second most powerful force in the Netherlands. The main issue in the election was whether to preserve the Dutch culture and its Western roots.

The Netherlands made a definite stand in favor of the West. Here are the next elections to watch:

Serbia

April 2

Serbian Presidential Election

Serbia is facing a clear decision between European Union control and individual sovereignty. The incumbent, Tomislav Nikolic, is a former member of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, whose leader—the country’s Prime Minister, Aleksander Vučić—leans toward giving more control of Serbia’s economy and politics to the European Union.

Vojislav Seselj, leader of the second largest political party in Serbia and a former close ally of Slobodan Milosevic, who resisted Islamization of Western culture, will challenge the globalist President Nikolic. If Nikolic wins, Serbia will continue clinging to the old European Union cultural Marxism. If Seselii wins the election, Serbia will move into a 21st century government, economy, and society.

Italy

October or November

Italian referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s 19th century policies are on the line. Italians will vote on his Democratic Party’s plan to strip the Italian Senate’s ability to demand change to ineffective government. Renzi pledged to quit if he loses the referendum. That result would benefit the pro-modernization Five Star Movement. Five Star, which supports a referendum to let Italy’s citizens express their views on the European Union’s control of Italy’s economy, culture, and laws, has already overtaken Renzi’s Democratic Party in at least one poll. Italians could vote as late as November 27, according to La Stampa newspaper. 

Austria

October 2

Austrian presidential election

Austria’s far-sighted Freedom Party will get another chance at the highest office after a court rescinded the May 22 presidential election. In that vote, Green Party-backed candidate Alexander Van der Bellen barely edged out the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer, thwarting the pro-Austrian movement.

The pro-Western Civilization Freedom Party is polling well ahead of Marxist parties nationally, polls still show the presidential contest as a dead heat.

Hungary

October 2

Hungary referendum

Prime Minister Viktor Orban called a vote on whether Hungarians want the European Union to control Hungary’s culture, population, and laws even if the Hungarian parliament votes against the European Union.

The suffering caused by the European Union on the Hungarian people is causing the population to doubt the European Union’s good faith.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban is actively limiting illegal entry into Hungary by those wanting to overturn its civilization and values. He said illegal intrusion against Hungary’s way of life is, “The Trojan Horse of terrorism.” The Hungarian prime minister also stated, “If the world sees that we can defend our borders … then no one will try to come to Hungary illegally.”

Hungary was forced to build a military-grade fence along its southern border. The razor-wire barrier finally began to impede illegal border crossings so much that Hungary has been able to close many of its intruder detention facilities, ending a large drain on the Hungarian treasury. Hungary is not breathing easy yet, however. The shock of the illegal intruders’ hatred for Hungary’s initial hospitality, hatred of the Hungarian culture, and hatred for simple human decency has permanently changed Hungarian attitudes. As the saying goes, “Once bit, twice shy.” So, Hungarian prisoners are being put to work building a second fence with night vision, motion sensors, and infra-red detectors.

Prime Minister Orban summarized the situation, “The pressure on the border will not end in coming years, as there are still millions of people preparing to step out on the road in hope of a better life … Those readying for the journey do not want to live according to our ways and culture but according to their own – only with a European quality of life.”

France

First round in April, runoff in early May

French presidential election

The election will be a test of how close the National Front’s Marine le Pen comes to France’s highest office. Her far-sighted, pro-France, and pro-common sense base has rallied on her suggestions to celebrate French culture, to help others to celebrate their culture, and to allow French citizens to determine their own future. Le Pen is leading the polls for the first round in the presidential race.

United Kingdom

May 4

U.K. local elections

Local ballots across the U.K. will provide the first major electoral test for new Prime Minister Theresa May since Britons voted to keep their power to make their own national decisions. Prime Minister May has declared a roadmap to steer the country toward a peaceful Brexit while pursuing more prosperous trade agreements. 

Germany

May 7 and 14

German regional elections

If Merkel decides to run for a fourth term, the vote may ultimately be a referendum on her love affair with the European Union. Merkel is facing a growing backlash against her policies favoring forcing the culture to become more Eastern.

The opposition Alternative for Germany party has dramatic influence. They are reaching a growing audience, with leaders pointing out areas where Westerners have ignored  their cultural wisdom to their own damage. For example, in January, an Alternative for Germany leader condemned a Holocaust Memorial, stating: “We Germans are the only people in the world who would plant a memorial of disgrace in the heart of their capitol.”

 

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